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Can Dogs Eat Hot Dogs? {YES–and we’ve got 2 Easy Hot Dog Treat Recipes}

Are you looking for easy, inexpensive training treats you can make for your dog without turning on the oven? We’ve got two super easy recipes to share for hot dog training treats for your dog–made using your microwave or a dehydrator!

Easy Hot Dog Training Treats for Your Dog - Recipe

This treat is great as a training treat; once cooked, the treats shrivel up to about the size of a dime, are dry, and have the consistence of jerky. And, best of all, you can make them in the microwave (or in a dehydrator)!

All you need for this recipe is a package of hot dogs.

Actually I bought two package of hot dogs: one package of turkey hot dogs and one package of all-beef hot dogs.

Can dogs eat hot dogs?

Hot dogs–while not balanced as a meal–make an easy and popular training treat that you’ll feed in small portions.

As if you were buying them for yourself to eat, purchase the best hot dogs you can afford–organic, if available.

Be sure you check the ingredients list to avoid any hot dogs containing onion powder.

Also, look for hot dogs without nitrates, nitrites and artificial colors, if at all possible. (Remember: when you find hot dogs on sale, you can buy them up and put them in the freezer until you need them.)

How to dehydrate hot dogs

It’s very easy to dehydrate hot dogs for your dog in your dehydrator.

Don’t have a dehydrator? You can also use your oven to dehydrate hot dogs. Set the oven to its lowest temperature.

First, slice the hot dogs to about 1/4 inch thickness:

You could then cut these slices in half, but realize that the training treats will shrink when dehydrated. Also, I dehydrate mine to the point where they’re easy to toss in my dog walking bag–but not to the point of complete dehydration where it would be impossible to break them in half. I can still break mine in two for just a tiny taste.

Next, place the hot dog slices on the dehydrator tray. I also used a mesh tray over the dehydrator tray so the small pieces wouldn’t slide through the rack.

Next, plug in the dehydrator!

It took my batch of hot dogs about four hours to dehydrate–but your drying time will vary depending on the humidity in your house and the temperature at which your dehydrator runs.

When done, I put a day’s supply in my dog walking bag and I keep the remainder in the refrigerator (for up to a week.)

See our post Dehydrated Dog Treats: Your Ultimate Guide to Making Treats and Chews for more easy dehydrator treat recipes!

How to prepare the hot dog training treats in the microwave

Prefer to use the microwave?

Cut the hot dogs into about 1/4-inch pieces. (Line up the hot dogs side-by-side and cut three or four at a time to speed things up.)

Put the hot dog medallions on about six layers of paper towels. I prefer white paper towels with no designs.

hotdog training treats

Next, pop everything (including those paper towels) in the microwave. (I cooked mine in two batches.)

Set the microwave for five minutes–but see below:

NOTE: Microwave times will vary depending on your microwave. When some hot dog slices darken around the edges, they’re done.

At the end of five minutes, you should see plenty of grease on the paper towels; take another paper towel and dab off all grease on top of the hot dogs.

I flipped the hot dogs over (just move the paper towel around a little and they’ll roll around) then returned them to the microwave for another three minutes, checked them again, then microwaved them an additional two minutes.

Here’s how they’ll look when they’re done and right out of the microwave:

hotdog training treats microwave

After they cool completely, they’ll shrivel up (especially the turkey hot dogs which are drier).

Whether you include them in a picnic with your dog or use them as everyday training treats, your dog will definitely celebrate these treats!

I put a handful of treats in my dog walking bag then refrigerate the remainder. If you make more than you’ll use in a week, you can freeze these!

Printable Recipe

Microwaved Hot Dog Training Treats

Microwaved Hot Dog Training Treats


  • 1 package hot dogs (turkey or beef, preferably organic)


  1. Cut hot dogs into small slices about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. If you choose, divide each slice into two or four pieces for training purposes.
  3. Place hot dog slices on a stack of six paper towels.
  4. Cover with a paper towel.
  5. Microwave for three-five minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave.
  6. Uncover and stir hot dog slices to make sure they are cooking evenly.
  7. Microwave an additional three minutes if needed.
  8. Remove from microwave. Blot all excess oil.
  9. Cool completely before serving.
  10. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze.

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I personally am trying to make them in a 7 in 1 airfryer oven that has a dehydrate setting I am making them as a treat for my dogs an an easy take along snack for me when I need something while out to tied me over until meal time

Dixie owner

Sunday 30th of January 2022

Hmmm is it bad that we find them good as treats for us humans too? Hahaha! Do you think it would be safe to eat as a school snack? Our girls are not into steamed or warmed up hotdogs for school lunches but they do find those little treats appealing as a small snack. A lot of questions followed in our household after we tried them for our dog. So anyone tried it for themselves?

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